(photo by Nancy Nelson)
There are few things more exciting than planning, working and creating a big event that becomes a success. Roy Howard, owner of Roy's Archery has done just that this past weekend, March 11-13, when he and his wife Jean hosted the Iowa State Archery Association (ISAA) State Indoor Tournament.
The event brought in 108 archers from all over the state and parts of South Dakota. Those who participated ranged from beginners to professionals. After competing in their divisions and completing their lines many of them had the opportunity to visit the town of Cherokee and patronize local businesses.
Some of the highlights included the presence of Cindy Pansegrau of Cedar Rapids. She won first place in both of her divisions. Pansegrau is a three time National Champion.
A couple of professionals, those who enter for money, were Randy Ballard of Haywarden and Hugo Berrientos of Prairie City. Berrientos won first place in his division and brought along his niece, Isabella Schroeder and nephew, Seth Schroeder to participate, as well.
Isabella Schroeder, an 11 year old, broke the indoor archery record in her division with a near perfect score of 300 with 54 X's. An X is a bull's eye or the center of the target. Her uncle, Hugo, is responsible for her and her brother's love of the sport.
John Carlson, President of the ISAA, was also there participating in the event and placed first in his division, as well.
Local and area archers were also winners, with Nate Johnson of Cherokee placing second in the Cubs Male Freestyle Division and his dad Bruce Johnson of Cherokee placing second in the Male Bowhunter Freestyle Division. Wally Miller, Sr. of Cherokee placed first in the Masters Senior Male Freestyle Division.
Chuck Campbell of Moville had two first place wins in the Male Freestyle Limited and the Male Bowhunter Freestyle Limited. Limited means that he draws his bow with fingers rather than a trigger release.
Even though the competition was fierce and scores were tight, the camaraderie among the participants and sportsmanship was above reproach for a sport, open to people of both sexes and all ages, shapes and sizes.
The event served as a great opportunity to meet others and share tips and ideas in the sport of archery. Among those visiting was a student from Canada who wanted to see how archery tournaments are operated here in the U.S.
Howard was extremely pleased with the event and is looking forward to more archery events being held in Cherokee. The Full Draw Archery Club in Cherokee, has plans in the works to host some upcoming tournaments and leagues, as well.